The State and the Globalisation of Care: The Philippines and the Export of Nurses



Nurse migration, particularly from the Philippines, has attracted significant attention in the literature, which largely discusses the issues of brain-drain, rights violations, human agency, structural determinants and impact of the exodus. This essay argues that the Philippine state, in coping with neo-liberal restructuring, has been vigorously promoting this exodus through the policies and legal framework it engenders, thereby leading to the globalisation of care work. The empirical accounts that this essay presents bring into sharp focus the need to understand processes and dynamics at the state level in addressing the consequences of nurse migration.


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